US seeks to help all Iraqis, not Maliki: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Washington was seeking to help all Iraqis, not merely prop up Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as Islamic extremists press an assault to capture more territory in Iraq.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 19, 2014, 18:30 PM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Washington was seeking to help all Iraqis, not merely prop up Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as Islamic extremists press an assault to capture more territory in Iraq.

"This is not about Maliki," Kerry told NBC in an interview in which he also sought to dispel concerns the US was planning to work hand-in-hand with its former foe Tehran amid fears that Iraq could be on the verge of a new civil war. "Let me stress, what the United States is doing is about Iraq, it is not about Maliki."